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'It should be a good competitive game' - Shamrock Rovers boss Trevor Croly looks to EA Sports Cup clash with Dundalk

'It should be a good competitive game' - Shamrock Rovers boss Trevor Croly looks to EA Sports Cup clash with Dundalk

David Maher

Last year's defeated finalists Shamrock Rovers host Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium as they seek a place in the last eight of the competition

Shamrock Rovers manager Trevor Croly is expecting a "good, competitive game" as his side prepare to face Dundalk in the EA Sports Cup second round.

The Hoops, who were runners-up in the competition in 2012, will be hoping to progress to the quarter-final with a win over the Lilywhites at Tallaght Stadium. Shamrock Rovers defeated Dundalk in the league when the sides met on May 6 and Trevor Croly is looking to take inspiration from that victory.

"We played Dundalk here in Tallaght a couple of weeks ago and did well against them," he told the club's official website. "And with this being a cup game, we will want to get the win and progress to the next round. We know Dundalk will be keen to do the same, so it should be a good, competitive game."

Shamrock Rovers will be without Danny Ledwith, Mark Quigley and Pat Sullivan, while Derek Foran and Billy Dennehy remain doubtful. Left-back Conor Powell, however, is in line to make a return to action following injury.

Dundalk, meanwhile, will be without Chris Shields, who is struggling with a knee problem, but Mark Rossiter is available again after recovering from his knee injury. However, Stephen Kenny has said that he will be "utilising [his] squad" with forthcoming fixtures in mind.

"We had a tough game in the last round against Shelbourne and we've been given another tough draw away to Shamrock Rovers so it's not easy," Kenny told the club's official website. "I will be utilising my squad for the game with the Sligo game to be rescheduled for the next couple of weeks we have a tough run of games. We'll see how we go and enjoy the game."

Shamrock Rovers host Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday, May 21 in the second round of the EA Sports Cup. Kick off 20:00 BST.

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